Your dentist may recommend a ceramic crown restoration when you have a tooth that's damaged, decayed, or needs a cap to improve its appearance. The crown restores your tooth to a natural, healthy appearance, and since the tooth is color-matched to your other teeth, the ceramic crown blends in well. Here's a look at why you might need a crown, why ceramic is a good choice, and the procedure for getting a ceramic crown restoration.
Why You Might Need a Crown
A crown is a cap for your tooth that you might get if you have a large cavity that's too big to be filled. A crown might also be a solution for a tooth that is cracked or has a large chip. A crown is often put on after you have a root canal, and it can also be used to alter the appearance of a front tooth to give it an improved shape, length, width, or color.
Why Ceramic Is a Good Crown Material
You can choose other options for a crown, such as porcelain fused to metal or gold. However, ceramic has some advantages over other materials. It's a good choice if you can't tolerate metals in your mouth and you want a natural look. Ceramic has a translucent quality that makes the ceramic look like natural enamel.
How a Ceramic Crown Restoration Is Done
The first step is to prepare your tooth. This involves removing decay and infection. Once that's done, the crown can be applied. This often involves two dental visits. During the first visit, the root canal or other dental work is done and a mold is made for the crown. During the second visit, the crown is put in.
It's also possible to have ceramic crown restoration work done in a single day if your dentist has the necessary equipment. This involves prepping your tooth first by removing decay and making a strong foundation for the crown. Then, the tooth is scanned and a digital model is created that the computer uses to guide a machine that creates the ceramic crown in your dentist's office. By choosing to have the crown placed in one day, you'll have the work completed quickly and restore your smile sooner.
No matter how you choose to have your new ceramic crown put in, it will improve the appearance of your smile, put an end to your toothache, and be a good substitute for a natural tooth that will last a long time with good dental care.